Mist may mar firework displays

Mist and lingering fog threatens to mar revellers' enjoyment of tomorrow night's New Year's Eve firework displays, forecasters said.

The bitterly cold weather has given way to a welcome rise in temperatures. However, warmer air has reacted with the cold ground, throwing a haze of fog across much of the country this week.

Experts predict this murky blanket shows no sign of easing. The Met Office forecaster Mark Seltzer said: "Fog combined with the low-lying cloud is going to prove problematic for fireworks displays."